CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Poll, March #1, 2013 (ICPSR 34995)

Published: Apr 8, 2014

Principal Investigator(s):
CBS News; 60 Minutes; Vanity Fair


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This poll, the first of three fielded March 2013, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicits public opinion on a range of political and social issues. Respondents were asked multiple questions on the budget sequester, including whether it would affect them personally, who should be blamed for it, whether it would have a good impact on the country, and opinions on how to best handle it. Respondents were also asked how closely they followed the news about spending cuts and tax increases, and whether President Barack Obama, Democrats in Congress, and Republicans in Congress should have compromised their positions in order to reach an agreement. Opinions were collected on the war in Iraq, including whether taking military action against Iraq was the correct decision, and whether the United States succeeded in accomplishing its objectives in Iraq. Additional information collected includes 2012 presidential voting behavior, opinions on daylight saving time, sports, the SAT tests, popular movies and celebrity figures, and various hypothetical college scenarios. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, marital status, education level, household income, religious preference, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, and whether respondents thought of themselves as born-again Christians.

CBS News, 60 Minutes, and Vanity Fair. CBS News/60 Minutes/Vanity Fair National Poll, March #1, 2013. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-04-08.

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2013-03-01 -- 2013-03-03

This poll was conducted among 861 adults nationwide. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standard of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.


Persons aged 18 years or older living in households with telephones in the United States.


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2014-04-08 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

The data contain a weight variable (wght) that should be used in analyzing the data. The data were weighted to match United States Census Bureau breakdowns on age, sex, race, education, and region of the country. The data were also adjusted for the fact that people who share a telephone with others have less chance to be contacted than people who live alone and have their own telephones, and that households with more than one telephone number have more chances to be called than households with only one telephone number.


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